ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology(CII) on Monday decreed DNA test was not acceptable as primary evidence in rape cases but it could be considered as supporting evidence.
Addressing a press conference the Council’s Chairman Maulana Muhammad
Khan Sherani said though the DNA testing was a useful and modern technique for supporting evidence, but it alone could not be used as primary evidence.
He said the court of law could decide in light of the DNA test when it was used with other evidences as a supporting material.
He said the council had also rejected the Women’s Protection Act of 2006, saying its provisions were not in line with Islamic injunctions, adding Hadood Ordinance dealt with all these offenses and that Islam sets procedures to determine crime cases of rape.
The Chairman said the existing Blasphemy Law should not be amended
and the Pakistan Penal Code had already sections which dealt with sentences for those who misused any law of land, adding the Judge could resort
to those relevant sections to award sentences.
He said the council had unanimously decided that no member shall comment on any decision of the council’s meeting unless the matter was elaborated and explained in a press release or press briefing by the body.
He also expressed dismay over broadcasting and publishing explanation of the council’s decisions without any explanation from the council, asking media persons to publish news items with the regard to the council’s meeting after release of an official version.
Replying to a question, he said every institution played its own role and the Islamic Ideology Council was performing its job as guiding body and the powers to implement those recommendations did not rest with it.